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LAVC Nominated for a 2018 PFEP Entrepreneurial College of Excellence Award

LAVC was nominated for a 2018 Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge Entrepreneurial College of Excellence Award by the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship. It is one of 24 colleges in the nation, and one of two colleges in California to be nominated for this year's award.

LAVC Nominated for a 2018 PFEP Entrepreneurial College of Excellence Award

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) has named Los Angeles Valley College as one of 24 nominees for its 2018 Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge (PFEP) Entrepreneurial College of Excellence Award. 

"Valley College is honored to be one of only two California community colleges to be nominated for the PFEP Entrepreneurial College of Excellence Award," said Dr. Erika Endrijonas, president of Los Angeles Valley College.

The PFEP Entrepreneurial College of Excellence Award recognizes innovative work by community colleges that advance entrepreneurship in the communities that each college serves. Through the pledge, Los Angeles Valley College is committed to taking the following five steps to increase its focus on entrepreneurship in order to impact the economic well-being of the communities it serves:

  • Develop transparency of community college and community assets
  • Create internal and external teams dedicated to entrepreneurship
  • Increase entrepreneurs' engagement in community colleges
  • Engage in industry cluster development
  • Create broad exposure to their college's commitment to entrepreneurship

"I am proud to have joined nearly 200 of my fellow community college presidents in the NACCE Presidents for Entrepreneurial Pledge as a demonstration of LAVC's commitment towards fostering an entrepreneurship spirit on our campus," noted Endrijonas.

Los Angeles Valley College, under the guidance of Business Administration Department Chair Tasos Sioukas and Faculty Member Jack Condon, have implemented several entrepreneurial projects to help raise the entrepreneurial spirit of students on campus. These projects included an entrepreneurship conference in Fall 2016 and Fall 2017, an entrepreneurial spirit retreat this spring, a start-up boot-camp, business plan competitions for face-to-face classes and online classes, numerous workshops during the last four years, and student mentoring to help guide students towards completion, careers, scholarship, start-ups, resumes, networking and job placement. 

NACCE initiated the Presidents for Entrepreneurial Pledge in 2011 as a way of encouraging positive change across campuses and in classrooms. The PFEP was developed in response to the Obama Administration's Startup America call to action to stimulate economic growth state by state by encouraging entrepreneurs to start their own business. NACCE is a founding affiliate of the Startup America Partnership, an alliance of the country's most innovative entrepreneurs, corporations, universities, foundations, and other leaders. 

In January 2017, NACCE launched its first PFEP College of Excellence national competition. The winner of the 2018 award was announced on April 30 during the American Association of Community College's annual conference in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship Web site.

The LAVC Business Administration Department provides a comprehensive set of classes that gives students the tools to be successful in business whether the goal is to transfer to a university and complete a four year degree, earn an associate’s degree or certificate, master skills for a new career, advance in your current career, or obtain the skills to start a new business. It offers five AA degree options and seven different certificates of achievement. For more information on the LAVC Business Administration Department Web page.


Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 5/23/2018 5:00:18 PM